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Grassypark Youth Development

The Academy has been tasked to take over the coaching and development of their young players. We have been coaching the 1st team and developing them. We took 7 of them to help us run ministry programmes in December in Ceres, where we baptised two of the players.  We are in Grassy Park 3 times a week and this is our core focus at the moment. 



Soup Kitchen

 We feed many hundreds of people at our soup kitchens that we run at Blikkiesdorp. We do have some sponsors, but the more that we get the more people that we can feed and the more regularly we can feed them.

This not only feeds the kids but allows us the opportunity to identify people that we can and will develop further. The kids that will attend our programmes and the leaders that we will develop to help us with those kids. The leaders will then look after the kids back in Blikkies.

Clinic

The clinics are a 3 hour programme that we run at Hindle High School, they are very accomodating in letting us use their grounds. The clinic takes the kids out of the slums that they are in and we give them a T-Shirt and / or Cap. We teach them some basic baseball skills, but it is hardly baseball, it is just some skills and a time to spend some time with people that care.

Camp

Camps are the highlight of the kids from Blikkiesdorp, we take the kids out of Blikkiesdorp and to our ball park. We collect them on teh Friday afternoon and then return them on Sunday afternoon. We then witness and minister to them on the Friday night by taking them to our local youth group, then back to the ball park (sleeping in tents). Saturday includes baseball training in the morning, swimming at lunch, then playing matches in the afternoon. On Saturday evening, we have a guest youth band join us and we have some worship in the hall. Sunday is a short and VERY informal service in the morning, then we wrap the weekend up and take the kids home after lunch. 

We try to identify young people that we can include into the tweo streams that can be spawned from this kind of event.

1. Any player that has potential as a baseballer, gets invited to join the academy and will train with us and be developed both as a ball player and person.

2. The older kids that show a willing attitude, will be sent to Skills Resource Group and their life skills will be nurtured, they will be trained and recruited with the potential of getting a job.

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